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More fun than fast: Jennilee's 1973 Mini Cooper | Why I Drive - Ep. 4


#1

It’s a 1973 Mini Cooper, but the taillights are from a later fifth-generation car, as is the 1275 CC engine—meaning either component could have been sourced from a car built anytime between 1975 and 1999. The seats, the badging, the powder-coated 12-inch wheels, and the flares are sure to make purists howl, too.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/04/25/why-i-drive-1973-mini-cooper

#2

This is a great story, fun, and shares the love of just motoring in a classic. Soon, my 63 mini will be on the road.


#3

hi…I have a mechanic who has for sale a yellow mini with the english flag on top…if you’re interested I could give you a number to call…in perfect condition… just like a barn find.


#4

I have a '66 cooper S and it’s my Escape. Your car looks great, enjoy it and Drive!!!


#5

I can relate, Jennilee, I’ve got a '69 Cooper MKII, and they certainly are a blast! Your car looks beautiful, just drive, drive, drive!!!


#6

I have 3 Mini’s and have owned 7 or 8 others including a 1969 stretch Limo.
Thay are a blast to drive! I’m 6’3” and I fit great. Always looking to buy another one at a good price:)


#7

Hey felgyn1 where is this Mini located? Does it run?


#8

Great story! And the fact that she lets her kids dream about the car is just a topper!

Star 'em young, and teach 'em right!


#9

I know how Jennilee feels. I bought my 67 Morris Mini Cooper right after graduating from High School in 1971! Figure the math! After all these years and about 50,000 miles clocked since I have owned it, I always have a big smile on my face when I get out of the Mini everytime I take it for a drive!


#10

Jennilee, my story is more like “Really Fast and Really Fun”, please see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cu3topkevba26i7/Mini%20Moke%202%20copy.jpg?dl=0

Best regards,

Robert


#11

My 1972 Morris Mini 1000 was always a blast to drive. Being a mostly stock 998 cc it had 39 horsepower coming out of the factory. Although it was not anything close to a fast car it would corner as if it were a go cart, find the right gear plant your right foot to the floor and blast away. Nothing corners like a Mini. It was always a conversation piece. Coming out of New Zealand it had right hand drive, it took little to adjust to siting in the passenger’s seat and driving.


#12

Looks like a mid 1990s Mini and therefore likely an illegal US import car which has been registered using the VIN and title of a 1973 car.

Better watch out, the feds have been crushing those… typically a late model Mini is stolen in UK or Japan, then re-VINd with the ID of a scrapped US titled car, and sold on as a 60/70s model.


#13

hi .i am leaving town…its located in maryland at prestige motors who do m repairs…its perfect and has no problems…1=301 942 0383…Hasi is the owner…tellhim fred sent you…ok.


#14

The Mini is cool, much cooler with newer tech such as new driveline but the pre-distressed clothing is a bit disturbing.


#15

@sii.500mondial - Now that is an impressive little Moke! Was it mainly an autocross car?


#16

Kyle, autocrosses and Pennsylvania Hillclimbs. Truly incredible to drive. With used Penske CanAm qualifying tires it cornered unlike anything I have ever driven. Had hot cam, two dual downdraft Webers, ported & polished head with 1275S motor.


#17

Please send contact phone number. I have interest.
Dave


#18

it is a yellow mini with a flag on top thoroughly in great running condition and looks new…its at Prestige Motors in kensington md…Hasi is the owner. tel no…3029420383